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Starting the new year with some major wins! Congratulations to our HCZ Promise Academy High School Junior Varsity Girls ...
01/04/2024

Starting the new year with some major wins! Congratulations to our HCZ Promise Academy High School Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Team and our HCZ Promise Academy Elementary School Co-ed Basketball Team for bringing home wins from the Charter School Athletic Association Championship! Huge shoutout to the HCZ Promise Academy coaches for their continued hard work and dedication to our scholars and their success.

01/03/2024

Welcome back HCZ Promise Academy scholars! We’re refreshed and ready to take on 2024. Here’s to a successful new year. Let’s go!

12/28/2023

From New Orleans to Dubai, we ramped up our national and global impact in 2023. Our William Julius Wilson Institute team hosted our second annual Power of Place convening, bringing hundreds of place-based leaders together in the Big Easy, and worked with over 20 cities to scale HCZ’s impact. Additionally, HCZ CEO Kwame Owusu-Kesse, HCZ Founder and President Geoffrey Canada, and HCZ Promise Academy Superintendent Dr. Achil Petit traveled to Dubai to attend the Alef Education Summit, an annual gathering of technology leaders exploring the latest innovations reshaping the global sector. Here’s to a successful and happy New Year!

12/27/2023

2023 was a year of achievements and growth for HCZ. We launched our new Financial Literacy curriculum to empower the success of our scholars, took to the streets to call for an end to gun violence in our community, and served more than 20,000 people through our cradle-to-career pipeline of services. We also celebrated major milestones like our Founder and President Geoffrey Canada’s 40 years with HCZ. Cheers to an impactful 2023!

12/26/2023

From starting classes in our brand new HCZ Promise Academy school building to getting accepted to college, our scholars were in 2023! As we countdown to 2024, let’s take a look at all of the exciting memories we shared with our scholars over the past year.

12/22/2023

HCZ's Annual Staff Holiday Party returned, in person, with an Enchanted Prom! The HCZ Armory was transformed into a magical experience full of dancing, food, photo booths, and raffles! A big shout out to our party planners, The CREW, for another amazing event to celebrate our staff!

12/19/2023

The holiday season is here, which means it’s time to cook the meals we love most! But why not make them a little healthier? HCZ Peacemakers health coordinator Queena Damour puts a wholesome Caribbean twist on a classic holiday dish. Learn how to make coconut sweet potato mash and add it to your holiday dinner lineup.

12/18/2023

High school scholars from our Zone After School Programs showed off their artistic, academic, and athletic talents at our first-ever Armordome: Global Edition. Hosted by the HCZ Armory, the event focused on promoting awareness and appreciation of other cultures. Shout out to our scholars for coming out to the event and for our HCZ Armory staff for organizing it! Discover more about the HCZ Armory and offerings for HCZ scholars, families, staff, and community members: https://hcz.org/our-programs/the-armory/

12/15/2023

Wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday season from our HCZ family to yours!

12/12/2023

‘Tis the season of giving! We asked our HCZ scholars, “Who is someone special in your life and what gift would you give them?” Here’s what they said! Now it’s your turn! Tell us in the comments about a special person in your life and what you would give them.

Our scholars have been working hard all school year. Let the countdown to the winter break begin!
12/08/2023

Our scholars have been working hard all school year. Let the countdown to the winter break begin!

Our CEO Kwame Owusu-Kesse returned to his alma mater Harvard this week to teach a case on his leadership at Harlem Child...
12/07/2023

Our CEO Kwame Owusu-Kesse returned to his alma mater Harvard this week to teach a case on his leadership at Harlem Children's Zone to 1000-plus students from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. In 2021, Mr. Owusu-Kesse was named a Harvard case protagonist, an academic tradition highlighting leaders who inspire HBS students to build successful organizations and make a positive impact in the world. Mr. Owusu-Kesse’s case is part of the required curriculum for all first-year students.

12/05/2023

We hosted an evening of song, dance, and spoken word in celebration of love and community at Love Theory, our annual holiday concert at HCZ’s Geoffrey Canada Community Center! Scholars, staff, and community members gave outstanding performances that left us all really… “impressed!” 👏👏👏

Our William Julius Wilson Institute (WJWI) team attended Omega CDC's second annual Hope Lives Here Gala in Dayton, Ohio!...
12/04/2023

Our William Julius Wilson Institute (WJWI) team attended Omega CDC's second annual Hope Lives Here Gala in Dayton, Ohio! The WJWI team joined Omega CDC in celebrating the progress of the organization’s Hope Zone Promise Neighborhood initiative, which is focused on improving cradle-to-career efforts and expanding opportunities for residents of northwest Dayton. It's an honor to support Omega CDC and the Dayton community as they work collectively toward their bold vision. Thank you for hosting us!

Our Practitioners Institute team hosted visitors from the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay and Ounc...
11/29/2023

Our Practitioners Institute team hosted visitors from the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay and Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida to support them in their effort to implement HCZ’s place-based solutions in their communities. Welcome to the Zone! Discover more about Practitioners Institute: https://hcz.org/practitioners-institute/

Our HCZ Promise Academy Elementary and Middle School scholars competed in the CJ Paladins BBallshootout Fall Final Chall...
11/28/2023

Our HCZ Promise Academy Elementary and Middle School scholars competed in the CJ Paladins BBallshootout Fall Final Challenge in New Jersey! Our scholars had the opportunity to play against several teams from across the Tri-state area. They made us proud and brought home a few W’s. Congratulations scholars!

Our scholars and staff members hosted families and community members for special Thanksgiving dinners across the Zone! O...
11/22/2023

Our scholars and staff members hosted families and community members for special Thanksgiving dinners across the Zone! Our West Side Community Center organized a dinner for our neighbors at St. Nicholas Houses, while our Zone High School Programs scholars welcomed community members at their Be Thankful Dinner. Guests enjoyed traditional Thanksgiving dinners, raffles and prizes, and performances. Happy Thanksgiving from HCZ to you!

On Tuesdays, we’re twinning! It’s Spirit Week at HCZ Promise Academy, and our scholars and staff are celebrating by show...
11/21/2023

On Tuesdays, we’re twinning! It’s Spirit Week at HCZ Promise Academy, and our scholars and staff are celebrating by showing off their school spirit for Twin Day. We’re seeing double!

11/20/2023

Family, friends, teachers and more! We asked our HCZ Promise Academy scholars “What are you thankful for.” Here’s what they said! 🍁 Now it’s your turn! What are you thankful for? Share in the comments.

We are so proud of our HCZ Promise Academy and Zone scholars who gave a beautiful and moving performance at this year’s ...
11/17/2023

We are so proud of our HCZ Promise Academy and Zone scholars who gave a beautiful and moving performance at this year’s in New Orleans! The second annual convening brought together hundreds of leaders, practitioners, and policymakers whose goals are to drive social and economic mobility. Well done scholars!

11/15/2023

We asked our Harlem Gems preschool scholars, “What do you think of yourself?” Here’s what they said!

Shoutout to HCZ Healthy Harlem who kicked off another season of empowering a culture of health in the Zone! The team par...
11/14/2023

Shoutout to HCZ Healthy Harlem who kicked off another season of empowering a culture of health in the Zone! The team partnered with our Zone Programs, including Peacemakers P.S 197 and P.S 154 for a day of nutrition education, cooking classes, and fitness activities. Want to discover more about Healthy Harlem and their work at HCZ? Click the link: https://hcz.org/our-programs/healthy-harlem/

  came to what was then known as Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families with nothing but a dream – a dream to transf...
11/13/2023

came to what was then known as Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families with nothing but a dream – a dream to transform a neighborhood and change the odds for children and families residing in it.

What a difference 40 years makes. Today, that dream is a reality. Through the work of Mr. Canada, our founder and president, thousands of children – not only in Harlem, but across the country – are building bright futures for themselves and their families.

Last week, we came together to celebrate Mr. Canada’s four decades with HCZ (which evolved from Rheedlen Centers) and the outsized impact he has made. With Mr. Canada's guidance, we will continue growing HCZ’s impact – and transform the lives of young people and families everywhere for years to come. Thank you, Geoff, and congrats on 40 years!

Discover more about the event: https://hcz.social/GC40Years

You made it through another week! 👍  !
11/10/2023

You made it through another week! 👍 !

11/09/2023

Our HCZ Seniors from across the Zone explored career opportunities and professional passions at Harlem Children’s Zone Wealth Builds High School Career Fair. Gathering at our HCZ Armory, scholars learned from professionals in fields from education and law to entrepreneurship and software development! It’s one of the many ways we empower our scholars to build successful careers.

To help our scholars realize their college hopes and dreams, we help to empower their financial futures. As part of this...
11/06/2023

To help our scholars realize their college hopes and dreams, we help to empower their financial futures. As part of this effort, HCZ’s Wealth Builds launched our 2023-2024 Scholarship Program. Through this initiative, scholars can apply for and earn scholarships from HCZ to help finance their college education. The Scholarship Program is part of our effort, alongside our College Success Office, to empower our scholars to earn their college and degrees and build successful careers.

  — HCZ founder and president, and founder of William Julius Wilson Institute — is featured in the November issue of Tow...
11/03/2023

— HCZ founder and president, and founder of William Julius Wilson Institute — is featured in the November issue of Town and Country Magazine in an article, “10 Years of T&C Philanthropy.” The feature highlights Mr. Canada’s 40-year tenure with HCZ, the nationwide scaling of HCZ’s successful cradle-to-career model, and the leader’s decision to come out of retirement in 2020 to co-found William Julius Wilson Institute with HCZ CEO Kwame Owusu-Kesse. Says Canada, “I can go out and save another million kids.” Read the article: https://hcz.social/TownAndCountryMag

We know the countdown to the winter holidays has begun, but we have to give Halloween an extra day of love! HCZ’s The Ba...
11/01/2023

We know the countdown to the winter holidays has begun, but we have to give Halloween an extra day of love! HCZ’s The Baby College, Three-Year-Old Journey, and G.R.A.D.S Early Head Start scholars and families closed out the spooky season with their annual Baby Boo Bash event!

10/31/2023

Happy Halloween from HCZ! 🎃Our Harlem Gems preschool scholars and staff marched through the neighborhood for their annual Book-o-ween, literary-themed, costume parade!

We had a blast at this year’s HCZ Homecoming! Each year, we host a week of festivities to kick off the academic year and...
10/30/2023

We had a blast at this year’s HCZ Homecoming! Each year, we host a week of festivities to kick off the academic year and celebrate our dedicated staff. Shout out to our staff members who work day in and day out to ensure that our young people, families, and communities thrive. This year, they showed off their HCZ spirit in their matching HCZ sweatshirts!

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